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Intergenerational Galapagos: Natural and Cultural History

Program Number: 19308RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/20/2014 - 7/30/2014; 6/28/2015 - 7/8/2015; 7/12/2015 - 7/22/2015; 8/2/2015 - 8/12/2015;
Duration: 10 nights
Location: Galapagos, Ecuador
Price starting at: $3,979.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising; Intergenerational
Intergenerational
Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 28; 10 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Low Salt; Low Fat; Gluten Free    

Program intended for grandchildren from 8 - 18 years of age.

Study unique animal and plant species in one of the world's most extraordinary settings — the Galápagos Islands. Learn about delicate ecosystems, Darwin's observations and the human impact on the Galapagos.




Activity Particulars

The Program is an extremely active program that begins with flying into Quito, a city at 9,600 feet elevation in the Andes Mountains. While exploring the remote Galapagos Islands, daily activities require wet and dry landings, walking on rough volcanic terrain, and optional swimming and snorkeling in strong currents.



This intergenerational program is for participants and grandchildren ages 8 and older. Because the ship has double-sized cabins, when 2 adults travel with 1 child, they will be accommodated in 2 cabins (child and one adult will share a cabin and the other adult will have a single cabin). Every effort will be made to room them in adjoining cabins, but it cannot be guaranteed. During the land portion of the program, in Quito, all three participants will be accommodated in one room.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Quito (Ecuador), 2 nights; aboard vessel, 7 nights; Quito, 1 night.



Days 1-2:
Arrival Quito (Ecuador):

Explore the city of Quito, visit the colonial center of town and pay a visit to the Middle of the World Monument.
Lodgings: Modern hotel.



Days 3-9:
Embark Vessel:

Look for flamingos, frigatebirds, boobies, tropicbirds, Darwin's finches and many other feathered residents during daily island treks. Observe the unique vegetation of the Galápagos such as native palo santo, carpetweed, and lava and opuntia cacti and learn about the constant threat posed by introduced species. Identify splatter bombs, Pahoehoe lava and other unique volcanic formations during hikes. Accompany your expert naturalist on panga rides to secluded inlets, mangroves, and rocky outcroppings in search of fur seals, nesting birds, and marine species. Learn about current research and conservation projects at the Charles Darwin Research Station and enjoy close-up views of the archipelago's infamous giant tortoises.



Days 10-11:
Disembark /Quito / departure:

Experience your last morning on the islands, then disembark and fly to mainland Ecuador.
Lodgings: Comfortable hotel located in a village near the airport.



Galaven

The Galaven is an 88 ft. expedition yacht equipped to carry up to 20 passengers in 11 air conditioned cabins. She was built in 2000 has spacious outdoor seating areas, dining room, and library with audiovisual equipment for onboard presentations. All cabins are air conditioned and have private bathrooms and ocean views.


Galapagos

In a delicate balance, man, animal, and plant cohabitate Ecuador’s mountains, rainforests, and shores. Among such a range of wildlife and fauna, Charles Darwin was inspired to spark his revolutionary theory of evolution in 1859 in the country’s Galapagos Islands. Coupled with its natural beauty, Ecuador’s animated culture can be seen in its varied dishes and the excitement of soccer fans rooting for El Nacional.



Accommodations
Comfortable and modern hotels.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Diego Quiroga

Dr. Diego Quiroga received his B.A. from U.C. Berkeley and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana – Champaign. Dr. Quiroga is an expert in the fields of medical anthropology, human ecology, and marine conservation and fisheries. He teaches at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito (U.S.F.Q.) and also serves as the vice president for external and student affairs. Research projects led him to travel to the Galápagos Islands, where he has worked with fishermen and other local professionals to understand how they interact with the environment. While in the Galápagos, he began writing about the history of scientists and other people who have visited the archipelago. As a member of the national swimming team he represented Ecuador in the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Hotel Quito
  Quito, Ecuador 2 nights
   Galaven
  Galápagos Islands, Ecuador 7 nights
   Hosteria Rincon de Puembo
  Quito, Ecuador 1 night
 Hotel Quito
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Hotel Quito is housed in an attractive art deco building, located at the top of a hill in a residential area of the city. From the hotel, guests can enjoy exceptional 360º views of the city, the neighboring valley and the surrounding mountains.
  Contact info: Av. González Suárez N27 142
Quito, NA Ecuador Ecuador
phone: +593-2-3964900
web: www.hotelquito.com/
  Room amenities: Cable TV, radio, WiFi, safety deposit box, hair dryer, and local newspaper.
  Facility amenities: Restaurant, business center, casino, Internet access, fitness center, meeting rooms, ball rooms, and shops.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Subject to availability. Room types and rates are subject to hotel availability. Please contact the program coordinator, Holbrook Travel, for additional night requests and/or prices.

 Galaven
Type: Other
  Description: The Galaven is an 88 ft. expedition yacht equiped to carry up to 20 passengers in 11 air conditioned cabins.
  Ship Information: Year built:2000 Length: 88 ft Beam: 22 ft Draft: 6 ft Gross tonage: 171 tons Capacity: 20 passengers Crew: Captain, 2 bilingual naturalist guides, and 8 other crew members Safety & navigation: GPS, sonar, naval radars, fire detection and prevention systems, and life vests.
  Contact info: 265 Foch Street and 6 de Diciembre. 3rd floor. Sonelsa Tower.
Quito,   Ecuador
phone: +593-2-2524438
web: www.galavengalapagos.com
  Room amenities: All cabins are air conditioned and have private bathrooms. Biodegradable shampoo and soap is provided in each cabin.
  Facility amenities: Outdoor seating areas, dining room, and library with audiovisual equipment for onboard presentations. Snorkeling equipment (e.g., mask, snorkel, and fins) is provided as part of the cruise. Wetsuits can be rented for the duration of the cruise and payment is due in full (cash) upon boarding the yacht. Prices range from $35-$70 depending on the length of your cruise. The yacht has a limited selection of suits and these are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please contact the program provider at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com if you require a petite or XL size in order to verify if the yacht carries your size. The yacht only accepts cash for additional expenses (e.g., alcoholic beverages, wetsuits, etc.) during the cruise.
  Smoking allowed: No

 Hosteria Rincon de Puembo
Type: Hotel
  Description: The hotel is located conveniently near the Quito international airport in the beautiful village of Puembo.
  Contact info: Manuel Burbano N6-66 y Francisco Ruiz
Puembo,  00000 Ecuador
phone: +593-2-2391106
web: www.rincondepuembo.com/en/
  Room amenities: Air conditioning, iron/ironing board, hair dryer, telephone, Wi-Fi, and cable TV.
  Facility amenities: Restaurants, large gardens, heated pool, sauna, Jacuzzi, gym
, business center, Wi-Fi, laundry service, room service, a chapel, and a TV and reading room. The hotel also provides a number of entertainment options such as: billiards, table football, karaoke room, and soccer, basketball, and volleyball courts.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights after: Subject to availability Additional hotel nights are subject to availability. Please contact the program coordinator, Holbrook Travel, at 1-800-866-7111 or roadscholarprograms@holbrooktravel.com for information on availability and prices.


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
All day arrivals at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito, Ecuador. Hotel check-in starts at 3 p.m. You will be staying at Hotel Quito that night.
  End of Program:
Departures from the Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito, Ecuador. Hotel check-out by 11 a.m. You will be staying at Hosteria Rincon de Puembo the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. If traveling with a child under 18, the adult companion/s should carry a notarized authorization letter from the parents or legal guardians showing that they are allowed to travel with the child and make decisions on the child's behalf in the event of a medical emergency.
  Parking availability:
N/A
Transportation (For Independent Travelers)
  Train or bus availability: N/A
To Start of Program
  Location:  Quito
  Transportation to site: Taxi transportation is available at the international airport in Quito. Participants who wish to hire a taxi, can do so at the Airport Taxi Service booth located after clearing Customs. Please stop at the booth and stop at the booth and let the representative know that you need a taxi to take you to your hotel (give hotel name) in Quito. The representative will give you a ticket that notes your destination and fare, from there you will exit the airport and look for a taxi service representative wearing an official airport badge who will direct you to the next available taxi. The driver will assist you with your luggage, collect your ticket, and drive you to your hotel. The taxis are not metered; the fare is a set rate, calculated based on your final destination. Payment to the driver must be made in US dollars, cash, and tipping is optional. Ecuador’s currency is the US dollar. The new Mariscal Sucre International Airport is located approximately one hour from downtown Quito.
  From End of Program
  Location: Quito
  Transportation from site: Taxi services are available for the transfer from the hotel to the airport. Please ask the hotel's front desk for assistance.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Elevation Note: Quito 9,223 ft - 9,883 ft

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrivals in Quito, Ecuador.
(Sunday, July 20)

Note: The new Mariscal Sucre International Airport is located approximately one hour from downtown Quito. To minimize your chances of experiencing altitude sickness while in Quito, try to get plenty of rest before you travel, stay hydrated, avoid alcohol and fatty foods, consume high carbohydrate foods, and avoid strenuous exercise at high elevations. Some participants find it helpful to fly into the city a day early in order to have extra time to rest and acclimate to the altitude.



   
 Arrive To: Arrive at the Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito, Ecuador.

Proceed through Immigrations, Baggage Claim and Customs before exiting the secured area of the airport. The Road Scholar representative will be waiting outside the exit door with a Road Scholar sign (only applies to Road Scholar group flights).

Transfer to the hotel and check-in, followed by time at leisure.

Please note that this is an international travel day; no meals or program activities are scheduled on this day. Hotel check-in usually begins at 3PM.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Quito

Day 2: Quito -
Orientation to Colonial Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site/Field Trip to the Equator.

(Monday, July 21)

Note: Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Orientation to the program.

Get to know your group leader and fellow Road Scholar participants during a welcome and introduction session at the hotel. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Visit El Panecillo for panoramic views of Quito.

Before the Spanish arrived, the hill known as El Panecillo (small bread roll) was used by the Inca for sun worshiping. In the early 1800s, the Spanish military took advantage of El Panecillo's strategic location and elevation (9,843 ft), and built a fortress to protect and monitor the city. In present times, the hill is the site of a city monument and lookout point where visitors can get 360° views of Quito. On clear days, it is even possible to spot Cotopaxi's snowy peak in the distance.

Enjoy a walking exploration of Quito's colonial center. Visit the Independence Square with an informative explanation of the Presidential and Bishop Palace, as well as the Cathedral. Visit La Compañía church, one of the most beautiful churches in Quito, legendary for its gold covered interior. Visit the historic San Francisco church and convent, raised up above a wide stone paved court originally known as "Tiangues," a place used by the indigenous inhabitants of Quito to trade products.
 Lunch: At a local restaurant including an introduction to Ecuadorian food products and typical Ecuadorian cuisine.
 Afternoon: After lunch, we will leave Quito and travel in a northerly direction to visit the Museo Intinan located on the Equator line, near the Middle of the World complex.

The IntinanMuseum has a permanent exposition that details the Andean cosmovision of Ecuador's ancestral cultures. Learn about the indigenous calendar and its accuracy. Visit an ancient home to find out about the way of life and traditions of indigenous people more than a century ago. Acquaint yourself with the important rituals of Amazonian tribes as you educate yourself about the cultures of Ecuador's Oriente region.

Lecture: The Past, Present, and Future of Ecuador.
 Dinner: At the hotel.
 Evening: Time at leisure. Get a good night's rest in preparation for early morning activities the following day.
   
Accommodations: Hotel Quito
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Galapagos Islands -
Flight to San Cristobal Island/Board Yacht/Puerto Chino or Galapaguera.

(Tuesday, July 22)

Note: The Galapagos National Park carefully controls the volume and frequency of visitors on each island (and visitor sites) in order to minimize environmental damage in the archipelago. The routes and sites visited during each cruise are predetermined by the national park and the park reserves the right to change these at any time without prior notice.



   
 Breakfast: At the hotel.
 Morning: Transfer to the airport for flight to the Galápagos Islands. Your Quito group leader will provide the Galápagos airline tickets and will assist you with the check-in process before bidding you farewell at the airport.

Depart for the Galápagos Islands.

NOTE: There is a 44 lb weight limit for checked luggage on the flights to the islands. Please pack accordingly.

Participants will have the option to store excess luggage in Quito for the duration of the cruise. The extra luggage will be collected from participants on the day the group flies to the Galapagos Islands. After taking participants to the airport, the Road Scholar driver will drop off the extra luggage at the last program hotel so that it can be safely stored until the group returns from the islands.
 Lunch: Depending on flight times, participants will either enjoy a light snack on the flight or on board the yacht.
 Afternoon: Upon arrival to the Galápagos Islands, proceed through Immigration. Have your passport ready at the immigration counter before proceeding to baggage claim.

After collecting your luggage and going through Customs, you will be met by your Galápagos group leader and transferred to the harbor. Board a "panga" (motorized boat) and enjoy a short ride to the yacht.

San Cristobal Island hosts one of the two available airports in the Galapagos Islands. The other airport is located on Baltra Island.

Enjoy an orientation and a light snack upon embarkation.

Our first activity in the Galápagos will be a visit to the San Cristobal Interpretation Center.

The Interpretation Center located just outside Puerto Baquerizo Moreno, houses informative exhibits about the Galapagos Islands and their unique wildlife. The center was inaugurated in 1998 in an effort to educate visitors and locals about the islands' natural environments and to promote their conservation.

Return to the yacht.
 Dinner: On board the yacht.
 Evening: Orientation to the next day’s activities.
   
Accommodations: Galaven
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Galapagos Islands -
Santa Fé Island and South Plaza Island.

(Wednesday, July 23)
   
 Breakfast: On board the yacht.
 Morning: Dry landing on Santa Fé Island.

Santa Fé is located southeast of Santa Cruz and has some of the tallest stands of opuntia cacti in the Galápagos. Some have been reported to grow as high as 33 feet! A trail into the highlands of Santa Fé Island leads visitors to the only place in the archipelago where the illusive Santa Fé land iguana can be found.

Return to the yacht.
 Lunch: On board the yacht.
 Afternoon: Dry landing at South Plaza Island.

South Plaza is the larger of two islands located off the east coast of Santa Cruz. A dry landing on a jetty will lead us to a cactus forest where we will take a close look at land iguanas and their habitat before contiuing our hike in search of local sea lion colonies. This small island is known as a great place to watch seabirds in flight. A walk along the cliff top provides perfect views of Red-billed Tropicbirds, Frigatebirds, pelicans, Swallow-tailed gulls, and others.

Return to the yacht.
 Dinner: On board the yacht.
 Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.
   
Accommodations: Galaven
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Galápagos Islands -
Santa Cruz Island (Charles Darwin Research Station and Los Gemelos).

(Thursday, July 24)
   
 Breakfast: On board the yacht.
 Morning: Dry Landing on Santa Cruz Island for a visit to the Charles Darwin Research Station followed by a brief field trip to Los Gemelos ("The Twins") craters in the highlands of Santa Cruz.

Disembark early for a visit to the famous Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS), a biological research station operated by the Charles Darwin Foundation. The objective of the CDRS is to conduct scientific research and environmental education for conservation. The Station has a team of over a hundred scientists, educators, volunteers, research students and support staff from all over the world. At the CDRS you will be able to observe giant tortoises at all stages of growth, from hatchling to close to one hundred years old!

Return to the yacht.
 Lunch: On board the yacht.
 Afternoon: After lunch, enjoy a field trip into the highlands of Santa Cruz Island to view Los Gemelos ("The Twins") craters.

The twin craters found in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island are actually large sinkholes--not volcanic formations. They were created as a result of the collapse, or the sinking, of surface materials into cracks. The surrounding Scalesia forest is a great place to view vegetation that is unique to this island and search for land birds. Most of the island's wild population of giant tortoises lives in the highlands. In June to August the tortoises make their way to lower ground to begin nesting. The eggs start to hatch with the arrival of the warmer season (December - April).

Return to the yacht.
 Dinner: On board the yacht.
 Evening: Orientation of the next day's activities.
   
Accommodations: Galaven
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Galápagos Islands -
Isabela Island (Wetlands, Wall of Tears, Tortoise Breeding Center "Arnalldo Tupiza," and Sierra Negra Volcano).

(Friday, July 25)

Note: Sierra Negra: The hike to the volcano lookout point can be very challenging due to the trail's incline and oftentimes muddy conditions. Misty and/or rainy weather is the norm at this site, so dress accordingly.



   
 Breakfast: On board the yacht.
 Morning: Dry landing on Isabela Island.

In the morning, explore the wetlands through a network of trails. The trails travel through lava rock paths, tombs, a mangrove forest, volcanoes, and beaches and also offer great opportunities to observe local flora and fauna.

From the wetlands' trails, continue your visit with a stop at the infamous Muro de las Lagrimas ("Wall of Tears"). This wall was erected by convicts back in the days when the island housed a penal colony. Numerous prisioners died in the course of building the stone wall, leading many locals to give it the now famous name. According to local lore, it is possible to hear the convicts' cries emanating from the area from time to time.

Later in the morning, visit the Tortoise Breeding Center.

The Tortoise Breeding Center of Isabela contains 330 juvenile and adult tortoises that populate south Isabela. It houses many breeds in danger of extinction. The center also has beautiful gardens consisting of native plants.

During your land explorations, also be on the look-out for resident land iguanas. January marks the start of their breeding season. By April the eggs begin to hatch and visitors have the opportunity to view mature iguanas and their hatchlings.

Return to the yacht.
 Lunch: On board the yacht.
 Afternoon: Dry landing on Isabela. Afternoon walking excursion around Sierra Negra Volcano. Enjoy panoramic views from the Paradero Sierra Negra.

The Sierra Negra volcano is believed to be the oldest volcano on Isabela. According to some geologists, the wider and shallower a caldera, the more ancient. This conclusion is based on research that indicates that the ongoing volcanic processes in calderas tend to file and break down their edges over thousands and millions of years.

Return to the yacht.
 Dinner: On board the yacht.
 Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities and lecture.
   
Accommodations: Galaven
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Galápagos Islands -
Isabela Island (Moreno Point and Urbina Bay).

(Saturday, July 26)

Note: Punta Moreno: Moderate to difficult hike on sharp, accordion-like, Pahoehoe lava. Wear comfortable tennis shoes with good ankle support. Please take steps to remain hydrated during this hike as the black lava absorbs and radiates the heat from the sun. Urbina Bay: Strong waves can make disembarkation tricky at this site. Use a zip-lock bag to protect cameras and binoculars from splashes during the wet landing. Please take steps to remain hydrated during this approximately 2-mile hike.



   
 Breakfast: On board the yacht.
 Morning: Dry landing at Moreno Bay on Isabela Island. A hike to tide pools and a dinghy ride along the island's rocky shores will highlight some of the island's diverse marine and bird life.

Swimming and snorkeling activities.

Return to the yacht.
 Lunch: On board the yacht.
 Afternoon: Wet landing at Urbina Bay on Isabela Island and walking field trip.

Urbina Bay is situated approximately two fifths of the way along Isabela's western coast. The flattened area of the bay exhibits signs of a coral reef on land; proof that the flat land we see today in that area was once uplifted from the sea. Cormorants, pelicans, marine iguanas, and Flightless Cormorants frequent this site in addition to marine turtles and rays which are sometimes seen swimming in the bay.

In February, the Galápagos Penguins that live most of the year on Bartolomé migrate to the cooler waters around Isabela and Fernandina. In July, whales and dolphins can often be spotted off Isabela's western coast.

Swimming and snorkeling opportunities.

Return to the yacht.
 Dinner: On board the yacht.
 Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.
   
Accommodations: Galaven
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Galápagos Islands -
Fernandina Island (Punta Espinoza) and Isabela Island (Punta Vicente Roca).

(Sunday, July 27)

Note: Punta Espinoza: Challenging landing when the tide is low. Visitors cannot disembark at the dock during low tide and must land on rocks.



   
 Breakfast: On board the yacht.
 Morning: Dry landing at Punta Espinoza on Fernandina Island.

Field trip to Punta Espinoza to see the biggest marine iguanas mingling with Sally lightfoot crabs, Galapagos Penguins (starting in February), Galapagos Hawks, sea lions, and Flightless Cormorants. In January and February look for brightly colored marine iguanas as they go through courtship rituals. Nesting begins in March. Travelers visiting the island around July might catch a glimpse of Flightless Cormorants exhibiting courtship and nesting behavior.

During land explorations among the flora and volcanic formations, look for brachycereus cactus, pa-hoe-hoe lava, and AA lava formations.

Return to the yacht.
 Lunch: On board the yacht.
 Afternoon: Navigate to the coves at Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island.

Take a dinghy ride to the marine site of Punta Vicente Roca to observe sea lions, marine iguanas, Blue-footed and Masked Boobies, and Flightless Cormorants.

Swimming and snorkeling activities.

Return to the yacht.
 Dinner: On board the yacht.
 Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.
   
Accommodations: Galaven
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Galápagos Islands -
Santiago Island (Playa Espumilla) and Bartolomé Island.

(Monday, July 28)

Note: Bartolomé: The walk to the lookout point at the top of the volcano involves climbing 375 steps up a long wooden staircase. The stairs have railings, but there are no sitting areas along the way.



   
 Breakfast: On board the yacht.
 Morning: Wet landing on Espumilla Beach.

Playa Espumilla is located on the northwestern coast of Santiago Island in James Bay. During the last presence of the El Nino phenomenon, one of the two lagoons at this site underwent a process of sedimentation, which led to the disappearance of a resident colony of flamingos. The main attractions here are a palo santo forest, the beach and coastal landscape. In January, under cover of night, green sea turtles cautiously make their way ashore to nest. Eggs start to hatch around April and May and the infant turtles begin their perilous journey from nest to sea.

Swimming and snorkeling activities.

Return to the yacht.
 Lunch: On board the yacht.
 Afternoon: Dry or wet landing on Bartolomé Island for a hiking field trip up a dormant volcano.

Bartolomé Island is home to Pinnacle Rock, the "Guardian of the Isles" which rises sharply from the coast. The lunar-like landscape is home to one of the islands' most endearing residents, the Galápagos Penguin. During part of the year, they leave the island in search of cooler waters found around Fernandina and Isabela. Once the penguins return to Bartolomé in August, they waste no time in getting ready for romance. By September they can be observed going through courtship rituals.

On Bartolomé Island we will be able to view volcanic formations such as lava bombs, spatter, and cinder cones. Hike to the summit (375 wooden steps) to enjoy a great view of the surrounding islands, including Pinnacle Rock's eroded tuff cone. On the way to the summit, watch for colonies of marine iguanas, lava lizards, tiquilla and various cacti.

Swimming and snorkeling activities.

Return to the yacht.
 Dinner: On board the yacht.
 Evening: Orientation to the next day's activities.
   
Accommodations: Galaven
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Galapagos Islands and Quito -
Daphne Island and Baltra Island/Flight to Quito.

(Tuesday, July 29)
   
 Breakfast: On board the yacht.
 Morning: Wet or dry landing (dependent on the tide) on Daphne Island, located off the coast of Santa Cruz.

The Daphne Islands can be found north of Santa Cruz Island and west of Seymour and Baltra. The larger of the two, Daphne Major, has retained its distinctive volcanic shape (tuff cone). It has a visitor landing site and a steep trail that leads to the top of the cone where Blue-footed Boobies and Masked Boobies like to nest. Red-billed Tropicbirds can be seen nesting in the rocky island walls.

Return to the yacht for a farewell snack.

Sail to Baltra Island and transfer to the airport to catch a flight to Quito. Say farewell to your Galápagos group leader and board a flight back to the mainland.
 Lunch: Light snack on the flight.
 Afternoon: Arrive in Quito, collect your luggage and meet your Road Scholar represenative outside the secured arrivals area.

Transfer to the hotel and check-in.

Time at leisure to finish packing or relax before joining the rest of the group for dinner.
 Dinner: Farewell dinner at the hotel.
 Evening: Time at leisure. Spend your final night in Ecuador chatting with your new Road Scholar friends or get a good night's rest in preparation for your international travel the next day.
   
Accommodations: Hosteria Rincon de Puembo
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Depart from Quito/Flights to the U.S.
Arrive to the U.S.

(Wednesday, July 30)
   
 Breakfast: At the hotel (dependent on flight times).
 Morning: Transfer to the international airport for flights to the U.S.

This concludes the program. We hope you enjoyed your Road Scholar adventure! When you get home, remember to stay in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network; share memories, pictures, and comments about your recent travels.

Note: Participants with independent travel arrangements and/or scheduled on later flights can keep their hotel rooms until check-out time on this day. Except for breakfast, all other meals are on your own on this day.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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Ecuador Map


Author: Berndtson & Berndtson


Description: A detailed laminated map of Ecuador at a scale of 1:1,000,000, with detailed insets of Quito, Guayaquil, Galapagos and the Ecuadorian Amazon on the reverse.



Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Travellers' Wildlife Guides


Author: David Pearson, Les Beletsky


Description: An excellent guide to Ecuador's wildlife, featuring concise descriptions and color illustrations of 500 frequently encountered reptiles and amphibians, birds, mammals and insects. The Galapagos Islands get a separate chapter and section of illustrations.



Ecuador in Focus, A Guide to the People, Politics, and Culture


Author: Wilma Roos, Omer van Renterghem


Description: This slim guide provides a lively overview of Ecuador’s history, cultural heritage and political, environmental and economic challenges.



Galapagos Islands Explorer Map


Author: Ocean Explorer Maps


Description: A detailed map of the Galapagos archipelago for the traveler at a scale of 1:400,000, including illustrated biographies of famous visitors, a brief wildlife guide with color photographs, a map of Darwin's route.



Galapagos Wildlife, A Visitor's Guide


Author: Bradt Travel Guides


Description: FIELD GUIDE: A compact guide to the birds, reptiles, insects, plants and marine life of the archipelago featuring a very good selection of large color photographs. Separate chapters cover visitor sites, history, conservation and habitats. The authors present key information on the flora, fauna and places in Galapagos for the traveler.



Galapagos, A Natural History Guide


Author: Michael Jackson


Description: This comprehensive overview of the habitats, plants, birds, and animals of the islands, written with the curious visitor in mind, is practically mandatory reading. It's the single best overview of the archipelago. Jackson also includes a useful bibliography, wildlife checklists and a list of plants by vegetation zone. Illustrated with many charts and maps, we refer to the book often.



Infinite Ecuador


Author: Sebastian Crespo


Description: The Andes, Amazon, Pacific, Galapagos, historic cities, remote villages and farms are all on display in this collection of photographs.



The Incas, People of the Sun


Author: Carmen Bernard, Paul Bahn (translator)


Description: Featuring hundreds of drawings and photographs, a chronology and long excerpts from the journals of early explorers, this is a colorful pocket encyclopedia of Inca history and archaeology.



The Last Days of the Incas


Author: Kim Macquarrie


Description: MacQuarrie tackles the personality, aspirations and greed of Francisco Pizarro in this vivid account of the conquest of a continent.



Understanding Galápagos: What You'll See and What It Means


Author: Randy Moore and Sehoya Cotner


Description: A comprehensive, and easy to read guide on the biology, geology, climate, and history of the Galápagos Islands.





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